Central American Submitted Surnames

Central American names include those from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
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Concepcion Spanish (Filipinized)
Unaccented form of Concepción primarily used in the Philippines and America.
Conde Spanish
1 Spanish and Portuguese: “nickname from the title of rank conde ‘count’, a derivative of Latin comes, comitis ‘companion’.”... [more]
Conejo Spanish
Spanish for rabbit from Latin "cuniculus". Given to someone who hunted rabbits.
Conrado Spanish
From the given name Conrado
Corcovado Spanish
Means "hunchback" in Spanish. It would denote a person with a curved spine.
Córdoba Spanish
Indicates someone who was originally from the city of Córdoba (Cordova) in Andalusia, Spain. The name itself is derived from Phonecian Qʾrtuba meaning "Juba’s city", itself from Phonecian qʾrt meaning "city" and juba referring to King Juba I of Numidia.
Coreano Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "Korean" in Spanish and Portuguese, possibly an ethnic name or regional name for someone from Korea or who had connections with Korea.
Corrales Spanish
Habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations named Corrales in Spain, from Spanish corral meaning "coral, enclosure".
Correa Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
Corso Italian, English (American), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Either derived from the given name Bonaccorso or taken from Italian and Spanish corso, denoting someone who lived in Corsica.
Corte Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese
From corte ‘court', applied as an occupational name for someone who worked at a manorial court or a topographic name for someone who lived in or by one.
Creus Spanish
Variant of Cruz. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández.
Criado Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
Cristales Central American, Filipino, Spanish (Mexican, Rare), South American (Rare)
Plural form of Spanish cristal meaning "crystal."... [more]
Cuaresma Spanish
It means "Lent".
Cuba Portuguese, Asturian-Leonese, Galician, Spanish
habitational name from any of the places in Portugal (in the provinces of Alentejo and Beira Baixa) or Spain (in Aragon, Asturies, and Galicia) named Cuba, from cuba ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa)... [more]
Cuenca Spanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
Cuervo Spanish
Means "raven, crow" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin corvus. From a nickname for a man with strikingly glossy black hair or with a raucous voice. Alternatively, a habitational name from places containing this word (e.g. El Cuervo, Teruel).
D'Almeida Spanish, Portuguese, Indian (Christian)
Variant of Almeida more commonly used by Indian Christians.
Damián Spanish, Czech, Slovak (Rare)
From the given name Damián.
Damian French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein "to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
Davila Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Ávila.
Dealava Spanish
Uruguay name
Debain Spanish
Spanish surname.
Debelen Spanish
Likely from the Spanish word Belén, which refers to the nativity scene.
De Guzmán Spanish
Means "of Guzmán" in Spanish.
De Guzman Spanish (Filipinized)
Unaccented form of De Guzmán primarily used in the Philippines.
De Labra Spanish (Rare)
Spanish Surname With Origins From Asturias.
De La Hoya Spanish
Means "of the hole" in Spanish.
De La Iglesia Spanish
Means “of the church” in Spanish.
De La Luna Spanish, Filipino
Means "of the moon" in Spanish.
De La Muerte Spanish (Rare)
Means "of death" in Spanish. Name given to a person who worked as a graveyard worker.
Delarosa Spanish
Means "of the rose" in Spanish.
De La Torre Spanish
Topographic name "from (de) the tower (la torre)", i.e. someone who lived by a watchtower, "from (de) the tower (la torre)".
De La Vega Spanish
Means "of the meadow" in Spanish.
Delfin Spanish
Meaning "dolphin" in Spanish.
Delfino Italian, Spanish
From the personal name Delfino, from Latin Delphinus, from delphis "dolphin", regarded in medieval times as a symbol of goodness and friendliness.
Delgadillo Spanish
Diminutive of Delgado.
De Lima Spanish
"de Lima" is the surname given to the people who lived near the Limia River (Lima in portuguese) on the Province of Ourense, an autonomous community of Galicia, located at the northwest of Spain. The root of the name is Don Juan Fernandez de Lima, maternal grandson to the King Alfonso VI de León (1040-1109).
Della Italian, Spanish
Likely derived from the Italian and Spanish word della, meaning "of the".
De Los Reyes Spanish
Means “of the kings” in Spanish.
De Los Santos Spanish
Means "of the saints" in Spanish.
Del Rosario Spanish, Filipino
Means "of the rosary" in Spanish.
De Luna Spanish
Means "of the moon" in Spanish.
Dema Spanish
1 Spanish: unexplained; it is associated with Uesca province, in Aragon.... [more]
Denís Spanish, Galician
From the given name Denís.
De Santo Italian, Spanish
Mean “Son of Santo”.
Descalzo Spanish
It means "barefoot"
Diola Spanish
Derived from the given masculine name Andrea
Dominguez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Domínguez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Dorado Spanish
From dorado "golden" (from Late Latin deaurare "to gild", from aurum "gold"), probably applied as a nickname to someone with golden hair.
Dramis Italian, Spanish (Latin American)
Not just a surname in Italy; it can also be found in Argentina and Brazil.... [more]
Elías Spanish, Jewish
From the given name Elías.
Elizalde Basque, Spanish
From Basque eleiza meaning "church" combined with the suffix -alde "by". This could be either a habitational name for a person who was from the town of Elizalde in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, or a topographic name for someone living near a church.
Encarnación Spanish
Means "incarnation" in Spanish. This is given in reference to the Incarnation of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary (see Encarnación).
Enciñias Spanish
Derives from Spanish heritage and culture. Other spellings of the name of ENCIÑIAS may be Encinas, Encinias, Encinitas etc.
Enríquez Spanish
Means "son of Enrique".
Enriquez Spanish
Unaccented form of Enríquez.
Escañuela Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Escobar Spanish
A topographic name from a collective form of escoba, meaning 'broom' (from the late Latin, scopa), or a habitational name from either of two minor places in Santander province called Escobedo.
Escolar Spanish
From Spanish escuela meaning "school".
Esguerra Spanish, Filipino
Castilianized form of Basque Ezkerra from ezker meaning "left, left-handed".
España Spanish
From the Spanish word for Spain.
Espinal Spanish
Spanish: from any of numerous fields named Espinal or Espinar, from a collective of espina ‘thorn’.
Espinosa De Los Monteros Spanish
Originating in northern Spain in the Espinosa de los Monteros municipality, it has various meanings. One meaning is that it was the surname of hidalgos who lived in Espinosa and helped the nobles get on their horses... [more]
Espíritu Spanish
From a short form of Spanish del Espíritu Santo meaning "of the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Ghost" (Latin Spiritus Sanctus), which was the second part of religious compound names formed from the bearer's given name and del Espíritu Santo... [more]
Espiritu Spanish (Filipinized)
Unaccented form of Espíritu primarily used in the Philippines.
Esteruelas Spanish
Possibly from the place name Camarma de Esteruelas, a village in Madrid.
Estes Welsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
Estrella Spanish
Derived from the word 'strella' meaning a star in Spanish.
Eva Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Eva.
Fernandez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Fernández primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Ferrando Italian, Spanish
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrando, which was in use in both Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages... [more]
Fontañez Spanish
From the Latin fons meaning "fountain."
Fortuna Spanish, Portuguese
Means "fortune" in Spanish and Portuguese.
Franquez Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese for "son of Franco."
Frías Spanish
Taken from the city of Frías, in Spain. The name of the city is taken from the Spanish phrase aguas frías, meaning "cold waters".
Fuenmayor Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Fuensalida Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Fuerte Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word "fuerte" meaning strong in Spanish.
Fulcar Spanish (Latin American)
Most common in the Dominican Republic.
Galicia Spanish
Spanish: ethnic name for someone from the former kingdom of Galicia, now an autonomous region of northwestern Spain.
Galíndez Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Galindo.
Galindo Spanish, Aragonese
From the medieval personal name Galindo, of predominantly Aragonese origin and distribution, but of unknown etymology.
Gall Spanish
In fact it is Catalan. See italian Gall... [more]
Gallegos Spanish
Derived from Spanish gallego meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
Gálvez Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
Gamiao Spanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
Gat Spanish
The catalan form of "gato" cat
Gato Spanish
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
Gavilán Spanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
Gayangos Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
Genaro Spanish
From the given name Gennaro, but without the 2nd n
Gerena Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Ginebra Spanish
From the Spanish word ginebra, meaning "gin," possibly ultimately from the Latin iuniperus, meaning "juniper."
Godínez Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Godino.
Godoy French, Spanish
It is derived from the personal name Gaudi.
Gomez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Gómez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Gonzaga Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name for someone from a location called Gonzaga in Mantua, Italy. This was the name of an Italian family that ruled Mantua from 1328 to 1708.
Gonzalez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of González primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Gordillo Spanish
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
Granado Spanish
Nickname from Spanish granado "mature", "experienced", "distinguished".
Granado Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
Granados Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
Granda Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Grand.
Grande Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Means "tall, large" in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, used as a nickname for a person of large stature.
Grañón Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Griego Spanish
Means "from Greece" in Spanish
Guajardo Spanish
Spanish: unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from a place so named in Estremadura. This name is common in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. ... [more]
Guardado Spanish
The surname Guardado means save, protect, and guard in Spanish
Guàrdia Catalan, Spanish, Italian
Catalan, Spanish, and Italian from Catalan guàrdia, Spanish and Italian guardia ‘guard’, ‘watch’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a watch place, an occupational name for a member of the town guard, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named (La) Guardia.
Güero Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
A given nickname in latin America of a person with light features.... [more]
Guevera Spanish
means "protector"
Guillén Spanish
From the given name Guillén.
Guillen Spanish
Unaccented form of Guillén.
Guillermo Spanish
From the given name Guillermo
Guzman Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Guzmán used mainly in America and the Philippines.
Hay English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
Henares Spanish
Derived from the Celtic form of "brave". Also is the name of many towns (Alcala de Henares, Espinosa de Henares, Tortola de Henares...) and a river
Heredia Spanish
Surname of Basque origin, which comes from a foreign knight who came to serve the first Kings of Navarre and owned the Lordship of Heredia, a place that today belongs to the Barrundia City Council and the judicial district of Vitoria (Alava).
Hernandez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Hernández primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Hernando Spanish
From the given name Hernando.
Higuaín Spanish (Rare), Basque (Hispanicized)
Derived from the Basque surname Iguain, of uncertain origin.
Hilario Spanish
From the given name Hilarius.
Hoya Spanish
is a habitational (local) name, taken on from any of several place names, such as from Hoyos in Cáceres province, or Hoyos in Ávila province. These place names come from the Spanish words "hoyo," meaning "pit," or "hole."
Huertas Spanish
Plural form of Spanish huerta meaning "garden, orchard".
Huidobro Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Los Altos.
Hurtado Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word hurtar, meaning "to steal".
Illescas Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Infante Spanish
From infante literally "child", but in Spain also a title borne by the eldest sons of noblemen before they inherited, and in particular by the son of the king of Castile; thus the surname probably originated either as a nickname for one of a lordly disposition or as an occupational name for a member of the household of an infante.
Ingles Spanish
Spanish (Inglés): ethnic term denoting someone of English origin, from Spanish Inglés ‘English’.
Iniesta Spanish
Possibly from iniesta meaning "leafhopper".
Issac English, Spanish
From the given name Issac.
Japon Filipino, Spanish, French
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Japan or who had connections with Japan.
Jara Spanish
Habitational name any of the various places in southern Spain named Jara or La Jara, from jara meaning "rockrose", "cistus".
Jaramillo Spanish
Spanish habitational name from either of two places in the Burgos province: Jaramillo de la Fuente or Jaramillo Quemada.
Jareño Basque (Modern), Spanish
Perhaps "who lives among the rockroses".
Jeremias Jewish, Spanish
Derived from the Hebrew given name Jeremiah
Jesús Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, French
From the given name Jesús.
Jordán Spanish, Hungarian
From the given name Jordán.
Jorge Spanish, Portuguese, Occitan
From the given name Jorge.
Jorquera Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Juan Spanish
From the given name Juan.
Juanez Spanish
Means “son of Juan
Juarez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Juárez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Julio Spanish
Derived from the forename Julio.
Junio Spanish
From the given name Junio
Jurado Spanish, Portuguese
Occupational name for any of various officials who had to take an oath that they would perform their duty properly, from jurado "sworn", past participle of jurar "to swear" (Latin iurare).
Justino Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Justino
Krahe German, Spanish
From the German word Krähe, meaning "crow".... [more]
Labrador Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the root word "labora" meaning labor or work. This means laborer or worker but often associated to farmers as in San Isidro Labrador
Lacerda Portuguese, Spanish
Nickname for someone with remarkably thick or long hair, or with an unusually hairy back or chest. From Spanish and Portuguese la cerda ‘the lock (of hair)’.
La Cotera Spanish
Spanish variant for Hill and/or someone living in a slope, A "cota" in Spanish.
Laguna Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Laguna meaning "lake, pond" in Spanish.
Lainez Spanish
patronymic from the personal name Laín.
Lanezo Spanish
Means "Lanezo's street" from Basque abas "Lanezo" and kale "street".
Largaespada Spanish (Latin American), Central American
Combination of Spanish larga, the feminine form of the adjective largo meaning "long," and espada meaning "sword." It is mostly used in Nicaragua.
Larrazabal Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Arteaga, Comarca of Arratia-Nerbioi.
Laura Spanish
Of uncertain origin; in some cases, it is possibly a habitational name from a place named Laura.
Laureano Spanish
From the given name Laureano
Laurel Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano
Topographic name for someone who lived by a laurel tree, Spanish laurel (Latin laurus), or a habitational name from Laurel in the Canary Islands.
Leal Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
Leandrez Spanish
Spanish cognate of Leandres.
Ledo Spanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
Lemõns Spanish (Rare)
Variant of Lemons.
Leonado Spanish
The color tawny which is an orange, brown color. This descriptive surname was given to the Filipino people by the Spanish when the Philippines was colonized.
Leonardo Italian, Spanish, German
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese from the Germanic personal name Leonhard, formed from the elements leo ‘lion’ + hard, ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; this was an early medieval saint’s name (see Leonard).
Leones Spanish
from the spanish term "leon" meaning lion or puma.... [more]
Licona Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Likoa in Basque Country.
Limon Spanish
An occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit.
Limones Spanish
Variant of Limon.
Linde German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
Liz Spanish
History unknown; surname known in the Dominican Republic
Llanes Filipino, Spanish (Latin American)
Likely denoted someone who came from the municipality of Llanes in Spain.
Lorén Spanish
A variant of the Spanish personal name Llorente.
Lorez Spanish
Means "son of Lorenzo" in Spanish.
Loya Basque, Spanish
From Basque loya meaning "mud."
Lozada Spanish
Variant of Lozano.
Lucero English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
Lucía Spanish, Italian
From the feminine personal name Lucia, feminine derivative of Latin lux meaning "light".
Lugo Spanish
Galician and Spanish habitational name from Lugo, a city in Galicia. This was a Roman settlement under the name of Lucus Augusti ‘grove or wood of Augustus’, but that may have been no more than an adaptation of an earlier name derived from that of the Celtic god Lugos.
Luján Spanish
This is the second last name of Spanish footballer/soccer player Andrés Iniesta.
Lujano Spanish
Spanish: variant of Luján ( see Lujan ).
Luz Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Luz.
Macarro Spanish
From the verb Macar meaning 'to bruise'
Madera Spanish
describing someone who lived or worked in a forest. the word Madera means "wood" in Spanish. Spanish meaning of surname Wood